I knew we would use lots of cardboard in the Launch Lab this year. The first few weeks have, thus far, proven this to be true. We have made a collaborative art installation for the makerspace out of laser cut cardboard. Students have also made their classroom journals out of cardboard (we cut lots with these and these) string, and duct tape! Check out the photos below:
The Launch Lab has been cleaned, organized, and prepared for the 2018-2019 school year! It has been great fun setting things in motion. I am very much looking forward to the projects and experiences students will have in the Lab this year. Here are some of the tools they will have available (with many more hopefully coming soon!):
Yes ... yes ... yes ... it has begun. Teacher workdays are here! I spent lots of time this summer preparing, but now it is time for "hard fun". It is has been exhilarating getting the Launch Lab stocked, organized, and prepared for students. As the students will learn when they arrive, the Launch Lab is a work-in-progress (WIP). Students will have a large part in the planning/implementation of the Lab with LOTS of WIP projects of their own to showcase in the space. Below is a quick glance and some of the materials already in the Lab. NOTICE ALL THE CARDBOARD. We have about 3x in another room! We will be using cardboard ... lots of it ... in our projects. Additionally, we will continue to build our inventory through grants, donations (see our Donors Choose link below), parent contributions, and Mr. Renne's savings!!! Open House is in a few days, so parents of our students will get to see the space in its initial phase. Most importantly, parents will get to begin to learn about the maker mindset and the power of maker-education. It is NOT about the stuff. It is about helping students realize their ideas have value and through their voice they can make, design, and put an idea, product, service, or thought out into the world that means something to them. As always, more to come! Here is the link to a Donors Choose project for the Lab.
Welcome to the Mendenhall Launch Lab blog. We will be adding pictures, videos, and descriptions detailing our journey to build the ultimate creative space for youth in all of Greensboro! Tall and ambitious task I know, but through this process, we will learn so much together and I cannot wait to share it with our students soon! Today was all about inventory, organizing, and cleaning. Take a look at the "Day One" pictures and hopefully you will see a tremendous difference between this and what you will see in August!
Making the Mendenhall Launch Lab!